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Machine Failures

Fatal California Machine Failure Law Firm

When a worker or bystander is killed as the result of defectively designed equipment, poorly maintained machinery or general contractor neglect, the surviving heirs need representation by wrongful death attorneys who specialize in the field. The California industrial worker death lawyers at Walkup Melodia are familiar with the needs of those who are left behind when a machine operator, bystander or other person is killed.

Industrial machinery in factories or at construction sites or building projects has hidden dangers. Manufacturers, owners, operators and maintainers have a responsibility to protect workers and the public from fatal risks that are not of their making.

California Industrial Worker Death Lawyers

Our team of San Francisco wrongful death attorneys has represented the surviving heirs of people killed by industrial machinery throughout California. Our product liability team has made substantial recoveries by way of settlement and verdict against the makers of different types of machinery.

The circumstances of each case must be individually assessed to determine whether there are remedies above and beyond workers’ compensation benefits. If a loved one was killed as the result of a defective machine, tool or implement, call us to find out if your family has a right to bring a wrongful death claim. Poor maintenance, bad design practice, inadequate safety precautions and engineering defects or errors are all potential avenues of liability against those who may have caused your tragedy.

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in a construction site or machinery accident in California, Walkup Melodia can help you. Call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact the Walkup firm online to arrange a free consultation about your case.

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger handles industrial fatality cases throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, Sunnyvale and Concord.

Defective Industrial Lift – $10 Million Settlement

The Walkup Melodia product liability and industrial machine failure team negotiated a $10 million settlement on behalf of the surviving wife and children of a 46-year-old real estate management consultant who was killed when a self-propelled man lift on which he was riding tipped over. The decedent was inspecting work that was being performed on an industrial facility. He was testing the man lift for its suitability for inspecting work at the site when it rolled into a pothole and tipped over. Walkup’s wrongful death lawyers retained and worked with engineers who demonstrated that the design of the industrial machine was faulty and should have included outriggers and a wider wheelbase to preserve its vertical stability.

Defective Computer-Controlled Lathe — $5 Million Settlement

Walkup Melodia’s wrongful death team represented the widow and six children of a computer-controlled lathe operator who was killed when a piece of metal that he was machining came free from its high-speed spindle and broke through the viewing port of the CNC lathe. The decedent was struck by the debris and suffered massive head injuries. He was hospitalized for months before finally passing away as a result of a respiratory infection. The Walkup wrongful death team retained experts in the fields of machine design, industrial safety and machine guarding. They proved that a safer alternative design was possible. The recovery included funds to replace the decedent’s lost income as well as a sum to compensate for the loss of care, comfort and society.